Tuesday, December 31, 2013

Year-end leaves

year-end leaves
rotten potatoes
misspoken words—
assorted things I fling
deep into the woods

kernels ("featured poet"), Summer 2013

H A P P Y  N E W  Y E A R !


  1. This is great, Janet! Loved the opening line: "year-end leaves". And the flinging of rotten potatoes and misspoken words is very effective. Likening misspoken words to something as tangible and real as rotten potatoes, drives home the message that words can be noxious and foul and harmful – and gives one pause, as a new year commences and thoughts turn to fresh resolves and intentions. Happy New Year!

  2. Thank you for your thoughtful commentary here, Wendy - and Happy '14!

  3. A wonderful poem anytime, but especially at the turn of the year! I concur with Wendy's comment--the misspoken words in the middle of that list of concrete objects is what makes the poem. Love the photo, too!

    Happy New year!

  4. thanks, Jenny!
    the photo was taken in the woods belonging to my husband's niece. :)